Terps Battle To Scoreless Tie With Virginia Tech
Oct. 19, 2005
College Park, Md. - The University of Maryland women's soccer team and the Virginia Tech Hokies played 110 minutes, but neither team could find the net and had to settle for a 0-0 tie Wednesday night at Ludwig Field.
"This result is disappointing," said Maryland head coach Brian Pensky. "We felt confident coming into tonight, based on our last two performances, that we were going to get a win. I thought that our players battled hard, particularly in the second half and overtime, but unfortunately we were not able to finish our chances."
Both teams were unsettled in the first half, but the Terrapins came out in the second half, dominated possession and created scoring opportunities. Maryland outshot Virginia Tech 11-1 in the second half, but could not get a shot past the Hokie defense.
Mallory Soldner made seven saves for Virginia Tech, but it was defender Lindsay Alexander who came up with the biggest save of the game. In the 70th minute Terrapin defender Ashly Kennedy got her head on the end of a corner kick from senior forward Kimmy Francis. Kennedy directed the header to the near post, away from Soldner who was positioned in the middle of the goal, but Alexander blocked Kennedy's shot and preserved the scoreless tie.
The game almost ended in the final minute of the first overtime when senior defender Danielle Malagari launched a shot from more than 40 yards out that appeared to be headed into the top right corner of the Hokie net, but Soldner used every inch of her 5-11 frame to get a finger on the ball and deflect it over the crossbar.
The Terps had one last chance to get the victory in the 110th minute. Francis collected the ball in the lower left corner of the Hokie defensive third and crossed a centering pass to Sarah Sample, who fired a shot high from 12 yards directly in front of the Virginia Tech net.
Maryland's defense, which has been shuffled throughout the season due to injuries, rose to the occasion, allowing only seven Hokie shots. Junior goalkeeper Nikki Resnick entered the game leading the ACC in saves per game (6.3) was only called upon to make three saves.
The game was Maryland's sixth overtime game this season, tying the program record for overtime games in a season. The 1988 Terps also played six overtime games, going 1-3-2 in those contests. This year Maryland is 1-2-3 in overtime games.
The Terrapins now hold an overall record of 4-9-3 (2-4-2 ACC), heading into this weekend when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a critical ACC match-up at No. 8 Virginia. The game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Klockner Stadium.